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Title: Recent Developments in SHERPA

Abstract

Some recent QCD-related developments in the SHERPA event generator are presented. In the past decades, event generators such as PYTHIA [1, 2] and HERWIG [3, 4] have been central for nearly all physics analyses at particle physics experiments at the high-energy frontier. This will also hold true at the LHC, where a large number of interesting signals for new particles or new phenomena (the Higgs boson or any other manifestation of the mechanism behind electro-weak symmetry breaking, supersymmetry, extra dimensions etc.) is hampered by a plethora of severe, sometimes overwhelming backgrounds. Nearly all of them are largely influenced by QCD. Therefore it seems fair to say that the success of the LHC in finding new physics may very well depend on a deep and detailed understanding of old physics, like QCD. Examples for this include, among others, the central-jet veto for the vector boson fusion channel for Higgs production or topologies, where gauge bosons emerge in association with many jets, a background for many search channels. In a reflection on increased needs by the experimental community, aiming at higher precision, incorporation of new physics models and so on, the work horses of old have undergone serious renovation efforts, resulting inmore » new, improved versions of the respective codes, namely PYTHIA8 [5] and HERWIG++ [6]. In addition a completely new code, SHERPA [7], has been constructed and is in the process of maturing. The status of this code is the topic of this contribution. SHERPA's hallmark property is the inclusion of higher-order tree-level QCD contributions, leading to an improved modelling of jet production. They are introduced through a full-fledged matrix element generator, AMEGIC++ [8], which is capable of generating matrix elements and corresponding phase space mappings for processes with multi-particle final states in various models, including the Standard Model, anomalous gauge triple and quadruple couplings according to [9, 10], the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model with Feynman rules from [11], the ADD-model of extra dimensions [12, 13], and a model with an extra U(1) singlet coupling to the Higgs boson only [14]. The code has been thoroughly tested and validated [15]. This code, however, is limited, especially in the treatment of many ({ge} 6) external QCD particles. Therefore, in the near future, SHERPA will incorporate another, new matrix element generator, COMIX, which is based on Berends-Giele recursion relations [16] and color-dressing [17] rather than color-ordering. In Tabs. 1 and 2 some example cross sections for gg {yields} ng at fixed energies and pp {yields} b{bar b} + n jets obtained with this program are exhibited and compared to those from other programs. In addition, concerning the calculation of higher-order matrix elements and cross sections, there have been first steps towards an automation of such calculations at truly next-to leading order accuracy. They manifest themselves in the implementation of a procedure [19] to fully automatically construct and evaluate Catani-Seymour dipole subtraction terms [20] for the real part of such NLO calculations. The results from the matrix element calculations are merged with the subsequent parton shower through the formalism of [21, 22]. The results of its implementation in SHERPA [23] has recently been compared with other algorithms [24]. Although there remains some dispute about the theoretical equivalence of the different approaches, the overall results show satisfying agreement with each other, such that they can be used with confidence for data analysis.« less

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Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1029519
Report Number(s):
SLAC-PUB-14749
TRN: US1201494
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Conference
Journal Name:
Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl.183:60-66,2008
Additional Journal Information:
Conference: Prepared for 16th International Workshop on Deep Inelastic Scattering and Related Subjects (DIS 2008), London, England, 7-11 Apr 2008
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ALGORITHMS; AUTOMATION; BOSONS; CROSS SECTIONS; DATA ANALYSIS; DEEP INELASTIC SCATTERING; DIMENSIONS; DIPOLES; HIGGS BOSONS; IMPLEMENTATION; MATRIX ELEMENTS; PHASE SPACE; PHYSICS; QUANTUM CHROMODYNAMICS; RECURSION RELATIONS; REFLECTION; STANDARD MODEL; SUPERSYMMETRY; SYMMETRY BREAKING; VECTORS; Phenomenology-HEP,COMP, HEPPH

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Archibald, Jennifer, /Durham U., IPPP, Gleisberg, Tanju, /SLAC, Hoeche, Stefan, /Durham U., IPPP, Krauss, Frank, /Durham U., IPPP, Schonherr, Marek, /Dresden, Tech. U., Schumann, Steffen, /Edinburgh U., Siegert, Frank, /Durham U., IPPP, Winter, Jan, and /Fermilab. Recent Developments in SHERPA. United States: N. p., 2011. Web.
Archibald, Jennifer, /Durham U., IPPP, Gleisberg, Tanju, /SLAC, Hoeche, Stefan, /Durham U., IPPP, Krauss, Frank, /Durham U., IPPP, Schonherr, Marek, /Dresden, Tech. U., Schumann, Steffen, /Edinburgh U., Siegert, Frank, /Durham U., IPPP, Winter, Jan, & /Fermilab. Recent Developments in SHERPA. United States.
Archibald, Jennifer, /Durham U., IPPP, Gleisberg, Tanju, /SLAC, Hoeche, Stefan, /Durham U., IPPP, Krauss, Frank, /Durham U., IPPP, Schonherr, Marek, /Dresden, Tech. U., Schumann, Steffen, /Edinburgh U., Siegert, Frank, /Durham U., IPPP, Winter, Jan, and /Fermilab. Tue . "Recent Developments in SHERPA". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1029519.
@article{osti_1029519,
title = {Recent Developments in SHERPA},
author = {Archibald, Jennifer and /Durham U., IPPP and Gleisberg, Tanju and /SLAC and Hoeche, Stefan and /Durham U., IPPP and Krauss, Frank and /Durham U., IPPP and Schonherr, Marek and /Dresden, Tech. U. and Schumann, Steffen and /Edinburgh U. and Siegert, Frank and /Durham U., IPPP and Winter, Jan and /Fermilab},
abstractNote = {Some recent QCD-related developments in the SHERPA event generator are presented. In the past decades, event generators such as PYTHIA [1, 2] and HERWIG [3, 4] have been central for nearly all physics analyses at particle physics experiments at the high-energy frontier. This will also hold true at the LHC, where a large number of interesting signals for new particles or new phenomena (the Higgs boson or any other manifestation of the mechanism behind electro-weak symmetry breaking, supersymmetry, extra dimensions etc.) is hampered by a plethora of severe, sometimes overwhelming backgrounds. Nearly all of them are largely influenced by QCD. Therefore it seems fair to say that the success of the LHC in finding new physics may very well depend on a deep and detailed understanding of old physics, like QCD. Examples for this include, among others, the central-jet veto for the vector boson fusion channel for Higgs production or topologies, where gauge bosons emerge in association with many jets, a background for many search channels. In a reflection on increased needs by the experimental community, aiming at higher precision, incorporation of new physics models and so on, the work horses of old have undergone serious renovation efforts, resulting in new, improved versions of the respective codes, namely PYTHIA8 [5] and HERWIG++ [6]. In addition a completely new code, SHERPA [7], has been constructed and is in the process of maturing. The status of this code is the topic of this contribution. SHERPA's hallmark property is the inclusion of higher-order tree-level QCD contributions, leading to an improved modelling of jet production. They are introduced through a full-fledged matrix element generator, AMEGIC++ [8], which is capable of generating matrix elements and corresponding phase space mappings for processes with multi-particle final states in various models, including the Standard Model, anomalous gauge triple and quadruple couplings according to [9, 10], the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model with Feynman rules from [11], the ADD-model of extra dimensions [12, 13], and a model with an extra U(1) singlet coupling to the Higgs boson only [14]. The code has been thoroughly tested and validated [15]. This code, however, is limited, especially in the treatment of many ({ge} 6) external QCD particles. Therefore, in the near future, SHERPA will incorporate another, new matrix element generator, COMIX, which is based on Berends-Giele recursion relations [16] and color-dressing [17] rather than color-ordering. In Tabs. 1 and 2 some example cross sections for gg {yields} ng at fixed energies and pp {yields} b{bar b} + n jets obtained with this program are exhibited and compared to those from other programs. In addition, concerning the calculation of higher-order matrix elements and cross sections, there have been first steps towards an automation of such calculations at truly next-to leading order accuracy. They manifest themselves in the implementation of a procedure [19] to fully automatically construct and evaluate Catani-Seymour dipole subtraction terms [20] for the real part of such NLO calculations. The results from the matrix element calculations are merged with the subsequent parton shower through the formalism of [21, 22]. The results of its implementation in SHERPA [23] has recently been compared with other algorithms [24]. Although there remains some dispute about the theoretical equivalence of the different approaches, the overall results show satisfying agreement with each other, such that they can be used with confidence for data analysis.},
doi = {},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1029519}, journal = {Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl.183:60-66,2008},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2011},
month = {11}
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